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The rest of it: Monday.

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061305_rizeThe new issue of Sight & Sound is up — online are an ode to actor Alastair Sim, an ode to Michelangelo Antonioni on the occasion of a re-release of "L’Eclisse," and reviews of "Batman Begins," "Revenge of the Sith" and "Torremolinos 73."

At New York Magazine, Logan Hill looks at the brand, spankin’ new IFC Center, which opens officially this Friday with three screens of "Me and You and Everyone We Know" (which, we, excusing ourselves for the fact that it’s an IFC Films release, still urge you to go see — it’s lovely and sincere and magical while remaining as sharp as Todd Solondz‘s best, if Todd Solondz actually, you know, believed in things). We’ve yet to go, but are headed there tonight for a company thing, and we’ve been promised rosemary-buttered popcorn.

At Salon, Allen Barra pens a gushy love letter to the enigmatic, bee-stung greatness that is Angelina Jolie. He blames Hollywood for not knowing what to do with her, and goes into various anecdotes about how much the late Pauline Kael adored her:

Kael’s favorite performance was Jolie as the doomed bisexual supermodel Gia in the HBO film. "My God," she exclaimed, "this girl could play both the Brando and Maria Schneider roles in ‘Last Tango’! Where in the world did she come from?"

Writer Michael Thomas Ford has a somewhat tongue-in-cheek time line of milestone of queer cinema in the San Francisco Chronicle ("1997: Seemingly every British actor comes out of the closet at once. Unfortunately, they all look alike, and everyone thinks there is only one of them.")

At the Guardian, Christopher Frayling pays tribute to the fantastic and bizarre era of the Spaghetti Western, "a time in Italian film history when one actor answered to the pseudonym of Clint Westwood, and one director called himself John Fordson."

Also at the Guardian, Peter Bradshaw on Yasujiro Ozu’s "Tokyo Story" being named the best film of all time in "Halliwell’s," and on the director’s growing importance in the film canon as the years pass.

And the LA Timess Carina Chocano dwells on David LaChapelle‘s upcoming "Rize," the trailer for which we’re completely addicted to right now. As she points out, the campy fashion photographer is hardly one you’d guess would make a powerful, socially aware documentary about kids in South Central LA finding meaning and power through dance, but by all accounts the result is excellent. The Filmmaker Blog points out, for the New Yorkers in the house, that the film’s being shown at Rockefeller Center tomorrow night, free and in the open air.

+ July 2005 (Sight & Sound)
+ Art-House Showdown (New York Magazine)
+ Angelina Jolie’s Hollywood exile (Salon)
+ Movie Queens (SF Chronicle)
+ Italian job (Guardian)
+ The quiet master (Guardian)
+ A burst of movement; hope is on the rise (LA Times)
+ DRIVE-IN MOVIES AT THE ROCK (Filmmaker Blog)

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Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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